I tried to answer your private message, but apparently I can't do that. Most of my posts had been before I changed my screen name and am now starting over.
Here is what I posted:
I'm sorry it took me a few days to answer this. Travel expenses will depend on where you live. I am in Kentucky, so it is only a 4 1/2 hour drive for me. Many of my classmates are flying in and pay for flights that can cost up to $500, plus hotels and meals. Hotel rates right now are around $129-$159 a night near campus.
It frustrated me that we had to find our own preceptors as distance students, but I have since learned that a lot of NP schools
have their students find preceptors, even locally. It can be very stressful, but in the end, all of us found preceptors. It just takes making a lot of calls or asking other NPs if they know of anyone. The WHNP/ANP program is separated for clinicals. I have had one preceptor for WH (which is the majority of the time) and will have one for ANP.
Are you planning to work while in school? I have been working full time which has been extremely difficult because I am in the hospital as a RN 3 days a week and in clinicals 3 days a week. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I have a family and had no choice. I will not be able to keep that up in the fall when I do my ANP clinical hours as there are so many to do (the ANP clinical hours are all done in one semester, while the WHNP ones are over 2 1/2).
I absolutely love Vanderbilt and am glad that I made the choice. Each school has it's pros and cons - the good and the bad, but for me this was a great choice. I would be happy to tell you more if you need more information.